Acalypha indica

Family: Euphorbiaceae

Genus: Acalypha

Acalypha indica

Sanskrit: Harita manjari
Hindi: Kuppi, Kuppikhokhali
English: Indian Copperleaf, Indian acalypha,
Indian nettle, Three-seeded-mercury
Malayalam: Kuppameni, Kuppi, Kuppikhokhali

Habitat _ Occurs throughout the

plains of India, ascending the hills

in Orissa up to 1500 m.

English _ Indian Acalypha.

Ayurvedic _ Kuppi, Muktavarchaa,


Siddha/Tamil _ Kuppaimeni.

Folk _ Khokli, Kuppi, Aamaabhaaji.

Action _ Antibacterial (leaf used in

scabies). Plant—emetic, expectorant

(used in bronchitis, asthma,

pneumonia). Tincture of fresh

plant is used in homoeopathy

for incipient phthisis with bloody

expectorations, emaciation and

arterial haemorrhage.

The plant contains kaempferol;

leaves and twigs contain acalyphamide

and other amides, quinone, sterols,

cyanogenic glycoside.

The herb causes intestinal irritation

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